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Referral Period, Testing Dates, Identification, and Appeals Process

Referral and Testing Process for Kindergarten - 7th grade

In order to have a student assessed for the Elementary Challenge or Gifted Middle Program, the student must live within the Edmonds School District boundary, be at least in kindergarten, complete a Referral packet including parent signature, and submit all documents to: 

Edmonds School District
Highly Capable Program
20420 68th AVE W
Lynnwood WA 98036 

The Referral Period will open September 4, 2019

The Referral Deadline is November 30, 2019.

Late Referrals will not be accepted.
 

Tests for placement in the 2020/2021 school year are
Tentatively Scheduled for:

December 7, 2019 for students currently in Kindergarten - 2nd grade.

December 14, 2019 for students currently in 3rd through - 7th grade. 


Students may be referred by themselves, other students, parents, teachers, administrators, and community members. Written parent/guardian permission is required prior to testing. Referred students will be tested using the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT). The test administrators and proctors are trained to look for any barriers to a true picture of a child's cognitive ability, especially for the under-served or under-represented populations of our District. Barriers could be emerging English language, cultural background or any other factor that might distort the test. Proctors will make a note of any discrepancy on a student's test and then share with the Program Administrator. If there is a reason to believe that we need to look at the child's ability in some other way, the information will be reviewed by the Multidisciplinary Selection Committee.  

Please note:  Students are limited to test four times for the Highly Capable programs from Kindergarten through grade 7. Private individual testing cannot be used in place of the group CogAT test. All students wanting acceptance into Highly Capable Programs must take the CogAT given by Edmonds School District proctors

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